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Toad The Wet Sprocket — Something's Always Wrong
Album: Dulcinea
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7.5

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Released: 1994
Length: 4:51
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Another day I call and never speak
And you would say nothing's changed at all
And I can't feel much hope for anything
If I won't be there to catch you if you fall

Again (oh again)
It seems we meet (meet and mend)
In the spaces (spaces safe)
In between (between intent)
We always say (always say too much)
Won't be long (long been gone)
Oh, but something's always wrong

Another game of putting things aside
As if we'll come back to them sometime
A brace of hopes and pride of innocence
And you would say something has gone wrong

Oh again (again we fail)
Seems we meet (meet and mend)
In the spaces (wend our way)
In between (between intent)
We always say (always say too much)
Won't be long (long been gone)
Oh but something's always wrong

And again (again we fail)
Seems we meet (make amends)
In the spaces (wend our way)
In between (between each end)
We always say (looking back)
Won't be long (moving on)
Oh, but something's always wrong
Something's always wrong
Something's always wrong
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 ick wrote:
Well, it's on again and I once again have to stop what I'm doing to listen and feel.  I was privileged to get to see Toad play quite frequently at a small bar and restaurant before the record contract and fame.  I was happy to hear of their success even though that happy time for me eventually ended up... complicated and painful.  Wendy, I hope your life turned out as you wanted it to and that you are happy now.  Me, I'm just fine and doing well. 



I am very happy for you. I had a non-physical (but not platonic relationship) with a fellow RP''r that I ruined and also my marriage. Forgiveness is a beautiful thing Barbi, thank you love. I'm so sorry Emilia for driving from RP but I sincerely hope you are lurking... 
Recent performance of this fine tune:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?...
more Toad!
Hey...nice set tonight. Especially the last four songs.

Now, where is my debit card?
Well, it's on again and I once again have to stop what I'm doing to listen and feel.  I was privileged to get to see Toad play quite frequently at a small bar and restaurant before the record contract and fame.  I was happy to hear of their success even though that happy time for me eventually ended up... complicated and painful.  Wendy, I hope your life turned out as you wanted it to and that you are happy now.  Me, I'm just fine and doing well. 
 CaffeineSam wrote:
Gave it a 10 mainly because of the band's name.

  
The best band name ever - Half Man Half Biscuit
 On_The_Beach wrote:
https://media2.giphy.com/media/hqe2Ex51qHuM/giphy-facebook_s.jpg?t=1

 
Wow!  The Wall concert 1980!  Awesome graphics and a message about The Wall...
great song!
thanks for the great art On The Beach! 
https://media2.giphy.com/media/hqe2Ex51qHuM/giphy-facebook_s.jpg?t=1
 
  
a few songs ago we were discussing Wilco's album cover,
this one has the same vibe
 
Great album.
I was at a May 1st Morris Men Spring Festival (don`t hold that against me, I was a spectator) and one of the guys (who is from Vietnam) showed up wearing woad.
After the ribald Braveheart comments, a quiet voice was heard to say: Who do you think we are,  `Woad the Tet Sprocket?`` 
Bloody brilliant! 
Solid song. 
I know I'm too old to like this song, but I love the harmonies, chord changes, a tempo changes!
 myersei wrote:
Great song from a truly great album!

 
I agree!!!   A humbuckler!
Always loved their harmony
 
Love this.  ↑ 9 from the Bristol office.
Great song from a truly great album!
One of my favorite near-breakup songs. 9.
Gave it a 10 mainly because of the band's name.
 dsd wrote:
This one will never get old for me

 
Me either.  love the beginning.
 howards wrote:
Great band, great songs, great album.
It just happens to be easy on the ears. Nothing wrong with that.
 
Yep, catchy as hell with just a hint of melancholy.
OMG I Love Toad....Santa Barbara's best from the 90's!!!

 
Great band, great songs, great album.
It just happens to be easy on the ears. Nothing wrong with that.
This one will never get old for me
Don't care for this ... pop music.
I always thought that this was the Gin Blossoms...   Hmmm...
Always love me some Toad...   {#Dancingbanana_2}
 Proclivities wrote:

Are you basing your theory on this one song?  You must not have heard very many other songs by this band if you believe they "have one beat, one chorus, one chord change".
Yes, that could be said of the Rolling Stones or U2, at least for many years.  Good song.  Let's "hear" if they can do more?


 misterbearbaby wrote:

They only have one beat, one chorus, one chord change. Good band but they gotta add more to their répertoire...

 
Are you basing your theory on this one song?  You must not have heard very many other songs by this band if you believe they "have one beat, one chorus, one chord change".
I love this song and get into Toad moods, but could someone please get the lead singer some Prozac?
so i was busy during the 90's and kind of missed many good bands and i think this could be one of them
 sirdroseph wrote:


{#Wave}Gin Blossoms are a very forgettable band (I honestly cannot remember any of their songs off the top of my head).  Toad is one of the best pop/rock American bands of their generation and Glenn Phillips is one of the best American vocalists of his generation.  The comparison is not even close.{#Snooty}

 
I am surprised as well that there are people who like one but not the other. Gin Blossoms have a few really good songs IMO, and two that get played on RP off and on:

Gin Blossoms — Allison Road
Gin Blossoms — Hey Jealousy

They aren't quite as well rated as this song, but they aren't so far off. To each his own and all but I'm going to go out on a limb and say your opinion is a bit subjective. ;)
I gotta agree with SirDroseph
 Jack_Jefferson wrote:
 Sweet_Virginia wrote:
Is the lead singer from Gin Blossoms?

 
If it was, I wouldn't be able to tell the difference.  Both bands have silly names but often have dramatic motifs in their songs.  Both bands hit their peak in the 1990's.  One band is from California, the other is from Tempe, AZ.  Overall, I can't see a lot of difference between the two bands and I'd be very surprised to meet a fan of one band that doesn't like the other.  They have very similar styles as well.

 

{#Wave}Gin Blossoms are a very forgettable band (I honestly cannot remember any of their songs off the top of my head).  Toad is one of the best pop/rock American bands of their generation and Glenn Phillips is one of the best American vocalists of his generation.  The comparison is not even close.{#Snooty}
 Sweet_Virginia wrote:
Is the lead singer from Gin Blossoms?

 
If it was, I wouldn't be able to tell the difference.  Both bands have silly names but often have dramatic motifs in their songs.  Both bands hit their peak in the 1990's.  One band is from California, the other is from Tempe, AZ.  Overall, I can't see a lot of difference between the two bands and I'd be very surprised to meet a fan of one band that doesn't like the other.  They have very similar styles as well.
Great song and album.
 garrettb wrote:
Never heard of them before - really, really like this - brings me back to summers in Ireland - although they sound Australian - where are they from?

 
They're from California.  Good live show - see them or just Glen Phillips (lead singer) whenever in the NJ/NY area.  Bread & Circus rules!
 Sweet_Virginia wrote:
Is the lead singer from Gin Blossoms?

 
I kept going back and forth between Toad and Gin Blossoms, too.  Finally had to peek. 
 Sweet_Virginia wrote:
Is the lead singer from Gin Blossoms?

 
Nope, Glen Phillips.
 garrettb wrote:
Never heard of them before - really, really like this - brings me back to summers in Ireland - although they sound Australian - where are they from?

 
From my town, Santa Barbara, CA! {#Daisy}
Never heard of them before - really, really like this - brings me back to summers in Ireland - although they sound Australian - where are they from?
Is the lead singer from Gin Blossoms?
Thanks for the smile that hearing this TTWS classic brought today.
that's two toad tunes today!

underrated band. 
(sigh) the 90s...thanks RP. 
Three times within one hour ?!! Bill you must love this song very much!

They only have one beat, one chorus, one chord change. Good band but they gotta add more to their répertoire...


 seanyeomans wrote:


and I mean like Counting Crows boring. ugh.
 

Really?!

Hmm... And here i am thinking this is such a unique and beautiful song.... But i guess something's always wrong...
Still a 10 for me though {#Whistle}   
Had not been around lately ... I like the new look-and-feel ... as always, great selection of music {#Sunny}
 seanyeomans wrote:
wow boring
 

and I mean like Counting Crows boring. ugh.
wow boring
Coming within a stretch containing Stone Temple Pilots, this REALLY takes me back...4-WDing through back roads of Noto Hanto lined with snow-covered spruce, cedar, and bamboo on the way to soak in Mawaki Onsen (hot springs) with killer sea and mountain view...  LOVE IT!  Thanks!
I have 4 across, 4 down and love it.
ah, thanks for playing it again. On the road in sunny FL and it makes great beach music.
 
That strumming acoustic rhythm guitar is so '90s'
{#Yes}  me too...gets an "8" from me...

 
RadioDoc wrote:
The first 10 seconds of this always stops me in my tracks.  Then I sit and enjoy the rest.  Great stuff. 9
 


 strikke wrote:
yep flipped 50 and now I am happily growing down, and I dance every chance I get. Stress is a state of mind.
 
Yo Bro...I feel your pane......This is as far as I got in the comments before I had to comment.   I like RP as well as the next person.

 laurie_keller wrote:
I am in a relationship with this song. Its just soooo true and heartfelt.
 

I'm apparently in the same very long term relationship....wow. 
I am in a relationship with this song. Its just soooo true and heartfelt.
{#Dancingbanana} Songs like this are why I love this station!
Even their oversaturated less creative songs are wonderful! Long live The Toad and Glenn Phillips!{#Notworthy}
yep flipped 50 and now I am happily growing down, and I dance every chance I get. Stress is a state of mind.

I believe they have a point, but I still get the message.
 Poacher wrote:

What? There is so much wrong with your post it is difficult to know where to start. For fucks sake, put something on that you can dance and sing to and get on with it. Being an adult means you can do whatever you want. Stress is for wimps - you have one life, live every drop.
 
fredriley added:
Yup, grow old disgracefully - it's the only way. And the more you embarrass youff, the better :o)

These posts bear repeating... often and with emphasis!

My fave Toad song...great song, outstanding set...Way to go Bill!
 Sjaaks wrote:


Poacher's right!! We people often get carried away by the stress this 2010 world brings us but just put on your dancing shoes and act like a child, i promise, you'll feel much better instantly!

Come on, dance with me!!
 
Yup, grow old disgracefully - it's the only way. And the more you embarrass youff, the better :o)

 Poacher wrote:
. . . Stress is for wimps . . .
 
{#Roflol} (That's it, I'm never getting stressed again!)

 Cynaera wrote:
I love Toad.  I love this song. I had it on my MP3 player and I'd sing to it while I was watering plants at the greenhouse at six ayem. Um, and I danced, too.  God, I miss those days. I don't sing anymore. I don't dance. Mostly, I just worry and stress. But this song makes me remember when I wasn't such a damned adult.
 

Poacher's right!! We people often get carried away by the stress this 2010 world brings us but just put on your dancing shoes and act like a child, i promise, you'll feel much better instantly!

Come on, dance with me!!

{#Dancingbanana}{#Dancingbanana_2}{#Bananapiano}{#Dance}{#Bananasplit}{#Roflol}{#Bounce}
 Cynaera wrote:
I love Toad.  I love this song. I had it on my MP3 player and I'd sing to it while I was watering plants at the greenhouse at six ayem. Um, and I danced, too.  God, I miss those days. I don't sing anymore. I don't dance. Mostly, I just worry and stress. But this song makes me remember when I wasn't such a damned adult.
 
What? There is so much wrong with your post it is difficult to know where to start. For fucks sake, put something on that you can dance and sing to and get on with it. Being an adult means you can do whatever you want. Stress is for wimps - you have one life, live every drop.
Toad reminds me of freshman year of college.  They were also playing when I first met my husband.
I love Toad.  I love this song. I had it on my MP3 player and I'd sing to it while I was watering plants at the greenhouse at six ayem. Um, and I danced, too.  God, I miss those days. I don't sing anymore. I don't dance. Mostly, I just worry and stress. But this song makes me remember when I wasn't such a damned adult.
 RadioDoc wrote:
The first 10 seconds of this always stops me in my tracks.  Then I sit and enjoy the rest.  Great stuff. 9
this ^

Toad is in it's own class
Nice!
its like the song of my life!!!!

Pearl Jam - No Code
Glen Phillips and TTWS is totally under rated. Nice to hear them here.
More Toad please!
 sirdroseph wrote:
Respect the Toad!!!{#War}
 

That is not a sentence you see every day. Nevertheless, I heartily agree.
Yay! More Glen Phillips and Toad... pure happiness! {#Whistle}
Respect the Toad!!!{#War}
If U like TOAD this is the CD for U! 
Love the Toad...ribbit..ribbit...
The first 10 seconds of this always stops me in my tracks.  Then I sit and enjoy the rest.  Great stuff. 9
The original album this from is awesome.
 hippiechick wrote:
I really love this song, but for some reason, it always makes me feel very sad.
 

Looking at your name, I get an idea why that is so....

2010 Baby!!!
Certainly nothing at all wrong with that song!

My 9!!!

Memories.  {#Dancingbanana}{#Tongue}
i just hear bobby fuller four
can't help it
{#Cowboy}
melancholy and wistfully regretful   
Fantastic!
Rockin' then, rockin' now... their stuff has truly withstood the test of time. 

rating = rating + 1

I really love this song, but for some reason, it always makes me feel very sad.
damn... its getting hard for me to hear Toad without longing for that time in my life when they were playing at Charlie's Seaside Cafe in Ventura along with bands like the I-rails and Durango 95.  Things were much simpler then.  Brings back good memories of that time and the people in it.

TOAD!!! Love it. :)
I have loved this song for more years than I care to admit.  It always pleases!  {#Clap}
Love hearing this at this time on RP, and love the time it sends me back to, too!  ROCK ON! by all means!
 themotion wrote:


I think the Gin Blossoms will be more widely remembered, though, with songs like "Follow You Down" and "Hey Jealousy". (Although they have much better songs like "Found Out About You", "Pieces of the Night", "Perfectly Still", and my personal favorite "Hold Me Down".

Which band is better is up to opinion.

Personally it's the Blossoms.
 

hahaha

i'm taken aback to see even one person talking about toad and the gin blossoms in the same sentence, let alone a discussion about it.  they're not that similar - not at all.  same time frame (roughly, although toad were around a lot longer and are back together now) and i suppose a slightly similar sound, but that's about it.  the gin blossoms had a somewhat shifty lineup, produced one album that yielded anything worthwhile (new miserable experience) and did little afterwards.  don't get me wrong, i liked them.  i bought their hit record,  saw them live, enjoyed the album thoroughly.  they were a solid band with some real good songs.  but the notable thing about the gin blossoms is how magical a job they did of milking every possible bit of juice out of that one studio effort.  kudos to them (and their record company) for that. 

toad, on the other hand, are on a different level.  starting in the late 80s with bread and circus, their riveting debut album recorded on a shoestring budget while they were just kids, you see a band with a unique vision, passionate frontman and excellent musical abilities.  they stayed on that trajectory for a solid decade.  their four big releases (bread and circus, pale, fear nad dulcinea) are all superb albums through and through.  four steady members, all excellent musicians, no lineup changes, and now back together and touring.  that's toad.  the superior band in every way.  in fact they were better than the vast majority of 80s and 90s bands, not just the little gin blossoms.  they could hold their own with the rem's of that era. 

radio airplay/hitwise, sure, toad barely approached what gin blossoms milked from their one peak effort alone.  but is that what we're talking about here?


 funkaholic wrote:
Soul-less, unimaginative Alt-pop. Not very creative, and not very inspirational.
 

Empty, pointless, baselessly arrogant ass talk.
Great song.. I like the simple little opening riff. Dig the melody, too. Didn't the 90s have such fantastic music? Rare case where a good song actually made it onto the pop charts.
oh my god this band sucks so badly....
ocsike wrote:
Great music, although this is the first time I hear it. The cover reminds me of U2's Achtung Baby cover.
The cover's always reminded me of Pearl Jam's No Code: (click here)
Soul-less, unimaginative Alt-pop. Not very creative, and not very inspirational.
RBS76 wrote:
Regarding the band's name: Monty Python (British comedy troupe) put out an album sometime in the seventies called CONTRACTUAL OBLIGATION. One of the tracks was called "Rock Notes" where a befuddled journalist announces: "Rick Stardust, lead electric triangle player with Toad The Wet Sprocket, has had to have an elbow removed following their recent worldwide successful tour of Finland." You can hear the sound byte here: https://www.savedbyzero.org/wav/rocknote.wav
One sign indicating the end of intelligent civilization is having to explain Monty Python references, or even that they are a "British comedy troupe". * sigh * Love Dulcinea. Time for another spin.
aeknust wrote:
I have always thought of this band as "loathe the wet blanket" - I could say as much for the gin blossoms and Hootie.... never been a fan of this particular corner of alt-pop.
Ditto. That's why there's a Ho Hum rating.
Still loving this song after all these years.
Isn't it encouraging when good tunes break into the POP charts?
I always loved this little tune.
Alpine wrote:
Funny, I always thought this was the Gin Blossoms. I've always like to think so because Toad The Wet Sprocket is the stupidest name I have ever heard.
I have always thought of this band as "loathe the wet blanket" - I could say as much for the gin blossoms and Hootie.... never been a fan of this particular corner of alt-pop.
:bananajam: :dancingbanana: :dancingbanana_2: :drummer: :guitarist:
havent heard this song for years...time to go dig out this CD. good stuff
Got Toad? Yes! :yes:
always liked this one....kinda moody but cool
Alpine wrote:
Funny, I always thought this was the Gin Blossoms. I've always like to think so because Toad The Wet Sprocket is the stupidest name I have ever heard.
Regarding the band's name: Monty Python (British comedy troupe) put out an album sometime in the seventies called CONTRACTUAL OBLIGATION. One of the tracks was called "Rock Notes" where a befuddled journalist announces: "Rick Stardust, lead electric triangle player with Toad The Wet Sprocket, has had to have an elbow removed following their recent worldwide successful tour of Finland." You can hear the sound byte here: https://www.savedbyzero.org/wav/rocknote.wav
sdn wrote:
Nobody intertwines vocals the way Toad did.Posted 13 years ago by panlad    [ Reply ]
fantastic album. one of my favs. love the toad!
Kinda has that Hootie & TBF feel to it - like I don't want to tell anyone it's on my iPod! :eek:
themotion wrote:
I think the Gin Blossoms will be more widely remembered, though, with songs like "Follow You Down" and "Hey Jealousy". Which band is better is up to opinion. Personally it's the Blossoms.
Funny, I always thought this was the Gin Blossoms. I've always like to think so because Toad The Wet Sprocket is the stupidest name I have ever heard.
rowdydaisy wrote:
I saw them a number of years ago, early 90's, headlining, and the first act? Gin Blossoms.
I think the Gin Blossoms will be more widely remembered, though, with songs like "Follow You Down" and "Hey Jealousy". (Although they have much better songs like "Found Out About You", "Pieces of the Night", "Perfectly Still", and my personal favorite "Hold Me Down". Which band is better is up to opinion. Personally it's the Blossoms.